This morning, OnePlus and SwiftKey announced a new partnership over on the OnePlus blog. Basically, OnePlus is making SwiftKey the default keyboard on their smartphone, the OnePlus One. So it’s not like SwiftKey will really be treated differently on the OnePlus, it’s actually going to be a piece of Bloat to those that don’t use or don’t want SwiftKey, which can’t be too many people.
“We always look to improve user experience by working with partners who share our vision of great products and sensible innovation”, said Head of Product, Mobile at OnePlus, Helen Li. “SwiftKey improves the keyboard experience for our global user base with support for 81 languages”.
SwiftKey has been one of my favorite keyboards for a very long time and they’ve been doing some amazing things lately, especially with the Theme store. SwiftKey is the number one keyboard app on Google Play and has been for quite a while. So I’m not the only one thinking it’s a great keyboard, but millions of others do as well.
“We want OnePlus customers to enjoy all the fun of faster, easier typing from a keyboard that learns from them,” said Eric Collins, SwiftKey’s head of distribution. “It’s our mission to make it easier for everyone to type and communicate on mobile, and we’re proud to partner with an industry disruptor to bring our innovative smart keyboard to more people around the world.”
Once you get the update, you’ll just need to change the keyboard in Settings > Language & Input and you should be good to go. No running to the Play Store to download a new app, or anything. Which is pretty cool. I know one of the first apps I install when I get a new phone is SwiftKey, because besides the Google Keyboard, the rest of the manufacturers use keyboards that I just can’t stand. And I’m sure I’m not alone.
But you can head over to their blog post and read more about this partnership between OnePlus and SwiftKey.